Leighton Clarkson out of luck as Tyler Morton takes his Liverpool spot
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Leighton Clarkson out of luck as Tyler Morton takes his Liverpool spot

Leighton Clarkson appears to be out of luck as 19-year-old Tyler Morton takes his spot at Liverpool. The midfielder could be on the move.

The Liverpool Echo claims Leighton Clarkson could leave Liverpool on loan again this month. He’s only just back from a spell with Blackburn Rovers, of course, after it was cut short.

But it doesn’t appear that Clarkson will get games at Anfield this season. He hasn’t managed to feature since he’s been back, after all, with little suggestion that games are on the horizon.

And in a lot of ways, that shows just how much luck plays a part. Even someone as talented as Clarkson feels left behind right now – and that didn’t have to be the case.

Leighton Clarkson left behind at Liverpool

Go back to last year and Clarkson was getting on the pitch for Liverpool. He started a fixture in the Champions League, in fact, against FC Midtjylland and earned praise from Jurgen Klopp after the game.

“Leighton is one of the biggest talents in our club, he’s been there for ages,” he said, per the Metro. “He’s a midfielder, a number six type, can play eight as well.

“He’s a very talented, good football-playing boy. In Germany there’s a famous player who played similar to him, you might have to go back a little bit longer, I don’t want to put pressure on the boy.”

It sounds as though he was comparing Clarkson to Phillip Lahm, there – about as high as praise gets for a small, technically sound midfielder. Yet fast-forward to now and it’s hard to see how the 20-year-old gets a look-in.

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For one, Tyler Morton has taken that exact spot as an up-and-coming young midfielder who can play both the 6 and the 8. Morton burst onto the scene this season, taking advantage of injuries to earn minutes.

Even with Clarkson back at the club, Morton got 90 minutes in the FA Cup.

Clarkson could have had that spot if he were at the club. Instead, he was with Blackburn Rovers, where he suffered equally bad luck. Instead of being the midtable outfit of last season, Rovers are challenging for the top spots. They don’t have the same room for a young player as they did with Harvey Elliott.

It’s not clear what’s next for Clarkson, then. Timing, however, appears to have taken away any immediate chance of a Liverpool role. Let’s hope his next loan can get things back on track.

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